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Torque vs. weight

  1. Sep 24, 2009 #1
    Hey, I was wondering
    If I have a motor that can supply 6.156 kgf cm of torque operating at 20 rpm, how much weight can that engine move forward given that the radius of the tires will be 5 cm? Please provide equations. Thanks
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 24, 2009 #2
    Hi Cloudswords-
    First, let's convert the motor parameters to power. the torque 6.186 kgf cm is 0.604 Newton-meters, so the power is 0.604 Nm x 20 x 2 pi/60 = 1.26 watts. The power to move the vehicle on a level surface is the velocity times the force to push it, which is 0.01 times the weight W (in Newtons) times the velocity (m/sec), where 0.01 is the expected rolling resistance coefficient of the rubber tires. Using direct drive to the tire, the velocity = [STRIKE]0.104[/STRIKE] 0.658 meters/sec, so the required power is 0.01 W x [STRIKE]0.104[/STRIKE] 0.658 = [STRIKE]0.00104[/STRIKE] 0.00658 W watts.

    So 1.26 watts = [STRIKE]0.00104[/STRIKE] 0.00658 W watts
    So W = [STRIKE]1211[/STRIKE] 191 newtons ([STRIKE]122[/STRIKE] 19.5 Kg)

    [Edit] See table of rolling resistance coefficients in Table near bottom of

    Bob S
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2009
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